What does sake mean?

Definitions for sakeˈsɑ ki

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sake, interest(noun)

    a reason for wanting something done

    "for your sake"; "died for the sake of his country"; "in the interest of safety"; "in the common interest"

  2. sake, saki, rice beer(noun)

    Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice; usually served hot

  3. sake(noun)

    the purpose of achieving or obtaining

    "for the sake of argument"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sake(noun)

    final cause; end; purpose of obtaining; cause; motive; reason; interest; concern; account; regard or respect; -- used chiefly in such phrases as, for the sake of, for his sake, for man's sake, for mercy's sake, and the like; as, to commit crime for the sake of gain; to go abroad for the sake of one's health

  2. Origin: [OE. sake cause, also, lawsuit, fault, AS. sacu strife, a cause or suit at law; akin to D. zaak cause, thing, affair, G. sache thing, cause in law, OHG. sahha, Icel. sk, Sw. sak, Dan. sag, Goth. sakj strife, AS. sacan to contend, strive, Goth. sakam, Icel. saka to contend, strive, blame, OHG. sahhan, MHG. sachen, to contend, strive, defend one's right, accuse, charge in a lawsuit, and also to E. seek. Cf. Seek.]


  1. Sake

    Sake or saké is an alcoholic beverage of Japanese origin that is made from fermented rice. Sake is sometimes called "rice wine" but the brewing process is more as rice beer, converting starch to sugar for the fermentation process. In the Japanese language, the word "sake" generally refers to any alcoholic drink, while the beverage called "sake" in English is usually termed nihonshu. Under Japanese liquor laws, sake is labelled with the word "seishu", a synonym less commonly used colloquially.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sake

    sak′e, n. a Japanese fermented liquor made from rice: a generic name for all spirituous liquors.

  2. Sake

    sāk, n. cause: account: regard, as 'for my sake': contention: fault: purpose.—For old sake's sake, for the sake of old times, for auld langsyne. [A.S. sacu, strife, a lawsuit; Dut. zaak, Ger. sache; A.S. sacan, to strive, Goth. sakan. Seek is a doublet.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sake' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3262

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sake' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1946

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sake' in Nouns Frequency: #1312

Anagrams for sake »

  1. akes, aske, keas


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sake in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sake in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Blake:

    When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.

  2. Yoo Ho-yeol:

    They are not talking for the sake of a breakdown but for the sake of agreement. There must be a lot of fine-tuning and convincing between the two parties.

  3. Hadi Jumaa:

    We are voting for the sake of the Syrian people and for the sake of Assad. Assad is already strong but these elections show that the people support him and bolster him.

  4. Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    There were unfathomable horrors everywhere, they all admonish us to never forget. No, we will never forget. We'll not forget for the sake of the victims, for our own sake, and for the sake of future generations.

  5. Aristotle:

    A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange...Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.

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